Friday, November 14, 2008

The Word Says It All

James 1 v 19-27....My dear brothers, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that GOD desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says, Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that GOD our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world......

James 2 v 14-17.....What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead......

Don't we all wish we could be like the first verse above? Some of you may feel as though you are already there. I think the most important part of that statement is being quick to listen. Sometimes we just need to get still and quiet and listen to what the LORD has to say to us. If we practice doing this, then we will become better at listening to others. Then we can know what they truly are in need of, and then we can do as the second passage of scriptures above tells us to do. To not be hearers only but to also be doers of the word. AMEN!

We are approaching a time of year when everyone needs a little extra help. The heating bills rise, the food costs go up, people need coats and warmer clothes, and then there are those who stress out during the holidays with financial problems.

There are so many ways to give, to help others in need during this time. I hope you will all find it in your hearts to bless others this season, so that you may be blessed as well.


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